The revelations were reportedly made during Bhatkal's interrogation. The man was arrested near the India-Nepal border on August 29 along with his aide. He is accused of carrying out deadly blasts in several cities in India, killing several people. Bhatkal also reportedly admitted his involvement in the Hyderabad blasts this February. He said he carried out the blasts at the instruction of a Pakistani handler.
Yasin Bhatkal wanted to go to Afghanistan to fight the western forces. He was just 18 then
Sources said Bhatkal wanted to go to Afghanistan after the US-led western forces launched a massive retaliation against late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the attacks on the twin towers in New York, said the report. He was only 18 at that time.
Bhatkal even set up a arms factory in New Delhi in 2011 where he had planned to manufacture even rocket launchers. The police shut down the factory later. A big search operation was launched to find Bhatkal after a series of terror attacks across the country.
Bhatkal said he and his colleagues often went into the hiding in Nepal, thanks to India's open borders with that country. He was caught once by the Kolkata Police but the latter failed to identify him and he escaped.